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More squeezebox advertising [Nov. 26th, 2004|11:36 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
Even if you don't want to spend a couple hundred on a Squeezebox, you should look into this powerful combo:

The SlimServer (Open Source):
http://www.slimdevices.com/pi_features.html

And a "soft client" that looks like a Squeezebox to the server, but it's just a command-line app you can run under screen (with optional curses support):
http://www.ex-parrot.com/~pdw/slimp3slave/

Bye, bye xmms.

So now I control my playlist through a tab in my browser (which is always open anyway), and because you can sync any clients together, the music in my living room is now synced with the music in my office.
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[User Picture]From: jwz
2004-11-27 07:42 am (UTC)
What's the web UI look like?

I still use Gronk, but iTunes definitely has a nicer UI (and one that would be really hard to replicate with a web page.)
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-11-27 08:14 am (UTC)
It's pretty nice. It feels a lot like Gronk, but more polished.
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From: kfringe
2004-11-27 11:20 am (UTC)
It's spiffier than gronk. Yes, that also means it's buggier than gronk.
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[User Picture]From: go_team_ari
2004-12-09 11:16 pm (UTC)
http://lj.ebnj.net/slimserver.png

This is the slightly more graphical, slightly more featureful skin.
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[User Picture]From: krow
2004-11-27 06:28 pm (UTC)

I own one, but....

I have one and love it. I need two or three more for the house though and I am having a hard time getting myself to consider buying one since Apple's similar device is so much cheaper. Sure, I have to use a laptop to control one, but I do that already most of the time with my slimp3. The remote is nice, but I just find it a bit slow.

I saw that they have added an alarm clock. Right now I use my cell phone as an alarm clock, all of my calendar goes in it, and I just set my alarm clock to wake me up in it (most of the time I just sleep till whenever, so I only need it when I have an early meeting). Be nice is the slimp3 device could grab my calendar too, and run alarms.

Sure, its perl, so I could do it myself, but that would means fixing the CPAN ical modules, since the last time I looked they were completely non-functional.
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[User Picture]From: ckd
2004-11-29 05:03 am (UTC)
What I want is something I can run on FreeBSD that will send to the Airport Express I've already got, with a web interface that'll work on a Palm Tungsten C.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-11-29 05:36 am (UTC)
Googling revealed quite a bit of interesting info about the Airtunes protocol... RTSP w/ some Apple-specific encryption, but it's been hacked. Should be possible.
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[User Picture]From: go_team_ari
2004-12-09 10:06 pm (UTC)
Softsqueeze does pretty much everything the standalone device can. it's java but you don't really need to be using the program directly through the java UI to make use of it (you can run it headless too).
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-12-09 10:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's the one they promote. I found the curses one easier to deal with, though.
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